Judd Trump became Masters champion for the first time tonight after he produced the most sensational display of his career to date.
The Ace in the Pack shuffled frames together in style as he inflicted a ruthless 10-4 defeat to Ronnie O’Sullivan at London’s Alexandra Palace – a scoreline nobody expected before the cueball was struck.
Amazingly, this is Trump’s first major Triple Crown trophy since he won the UK Championship in 2011 – and on this display it beggars belief how he has not won more.
This is simply Trump’s biggest achievement to date, make no question about it. His nine ranking titles are there to be seen but bar the World Championship, there’s no bigger prize than lifting the Masters.
In truth, the 29-year-old has promised this kind of display for so long but has rarely been able to achieve it on the big stage for one reason or another – until now.
For years fans have been left frustrated with Trump’s inconsistency – how he can look so good in the early rounds but then fail to turn that form into major trophies in the cabinet.
But this week he put it all together on the big stage and it was a joy to watch.
Except for a nervy finish to his semi-final win against Neil Robertson, the Bristol born potter has been in full control of his game. Wins against Kyren Wilson, Mark Selby and now another against Ronnie O’Sullivan – there’s no doubt Trump is back to his best – possibly playing his best yet.
Having already won the Northern Ireland Open and now the Masters, Trump will certainly be one of the favourites going into the World Championship in a few months time.
And in this form he will certainly fancy his chances of becoming world champion for the first time as well.
Trump sailed into a commanding 7-1 lead at the halfway stage in this final – dominating the match like O’Sullivan has done to his opponents over decades of domination.
And Trump showed his battling qualities as he held it together while O’Sullivan tried to force a comeback.
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